Monday, September 30, 2013
I always tell my kids, "There's no such thing as 'perfect'." "Practice makes improvement, don't worry about perfect, go for better or amazing, perfect is unattainable".
As I was sitting here contemplating my day I caught myself being upset that I didn't do everything "perfectly". I only tracked my breakfast today and probably had too many carbs and not enough protein.
However, I did put 2 hours in to taming this mess I call a home. My autistic 10 year old daughter commented on how much better it looked when she got home from school! And I did do a 30 minute cardio video this morning.
Everything I ate today was healthy, even though I didn't take the time to record all of it. For lunch I had a turkey wrap and a sweet potato followed by a granola bar and some grapes. Then for dinner I had 2 black bean and salsa soft tacos, no cheese, no sour cream... I'm still hoping staying off dairy will help my sinus problems. I need to make up a full vegan menu for the week. I enjoy food so much more when there aren't any corpses in it...
So was my day "perfect"? Not by any means. Was it better than last Monday? Definitely! And that's what matters! I will never reach "perfect" but I can strive for excellence and improving just a little bit whenever I can.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
I've been doing some reading and learned that a lot of people with chronic sinus problems like I have get relief by eating a gluten free diet. So I started researching GF diets and thinking about the complications of making the change. Today I saw my mom and told her that I was planning to go GF to see if I got any relief for my problems.
She thought about it for a moment and then informed me that when I was a newborn I was so congested (see? this really HAS been with me my entire life!) that the doctor put me on soy formula and my sinuses cleared up. Freaking frack? Mom! Why'd you put me back on dairy when I started on solid foods??? Oh well. I probably would have done the same thing.
So now, instead of starting by trying to eliminate gluten (which sounds REALLY difficult, btw) I need to identify which foods I'm eating have dairy ingredients in them. Milk and eggs are very sneaky and hiding in a lot of foods you wouldn't suspect! Obvious culprits are sour cream, butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt. Many pastries are made with milk, cream, and/or eggs.
I have never learned to like the process of food... planning meals, making shopping lists, going shopping, putting everything away, prepping, cooking... none of it. I loathe the entire process. But if my lazy approach to food is what's been causing my breathing problems all these years, I can at least learn to love the benefits of the process, even if I never learn to fully enjoy doing it.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
When school got out in the spring all of my routines went poof. I stopped exercising regularly, stopped tracking my food, and started eating more empty calories. Not like I would have before I changed my attitude but still, there it was, sugar and soda and fries almost every day. It's a wonder I didn't gain any weight. I did, however, notice that my shorts were a little less comfortable and have been wearing my larger size jeans.
When school started a couple of weeks ago I started making some steps back in the healthy direction. I'm still not doing everything that I know I need to be doing regularly but at least I am doing it all weekly! The scale hasn't budged an ounce in months but today the receptionist and 2 therapists at the clinic I take my daughter to all mentioned they thought I was looking better since we were there 2 weeks ago! So something MUST be happening, even if I haven't really noticed yet!
Hm, maybe I should try those shorts again...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
My cousin's husband is an educated man. In fact, he has a Ph.D. in early childhood development and is a tenured professor at the local university. In spite of that, I heard him tell his children (ages 9 and 6) to finish their pizza "because it will help (them) grow big and strong".
Two days later and I'm still flabbergasted. Of course, now he's saying that he just wanted the kids to finish the last slices because they were going to start whining for food as soon as they got in the car. Well, may I suggest a couple of things here? Try setting a consistent snack time for the kids. My daughter knows better than to whine if she didn't finish her lunch (unless there was something wrong with it, but that's different) and that food will be offered again within a few hours. Or if you know a specific circumstance will set them off, prepare for it. I keep snacks in my purse because I know when my girl is done with her occupational, physical, or speech therapy she'll be hungry. If you can't handle that, how about not taking the kids to Chuck E Cheeses in the first place? Most kids have a difficult time eating when they are in the kiddie version of a casino. Or feeding them before you go, at least. I offered my daughter lunch first because I know she doesn't like pizza. However, she does like to participate with the family and she chose the pizza. (I ate before we left because Chuck E's "pizza-shaped food substitute" turns my stomach every time. I HATED going there when we were kids even though this same cousin kept having birthday parties there. It's loud. It's overwhelming. And even at 8 or 9 years old it gave me a migraine and made me vomit.)
Okay, so you HAVE to take the kids there to eat and you can't set consistent snack times for the kiddos. Is it absolutely necessary to tell them that pizza will help them "grow big and strong"? Just because you can't stand to see the last couple of slices get thrown out? (I don't care what you're saying now about the kids whining, I heard the preceding chatter about what a waste blah blah!) A to-go box, maybe? What are you going to tell them when they need to eat a vegetable? You've given up your biggest bargaining chip... that it's healthy... by teaching them that Chuck E's pizza is a health food. "Oh, no, Daddy. You TOLD us that Chuck E Cheese's pizza will make us grow big and strong. We don't NEED fruits and vegetables. Just take us to Chuck E's!"
I just want to bang my head into the wall. It would do as much good as talking to him. This man values "higher education". Maybe he should take a course in nutrition...
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